Mason Mount’s bolt from the blue ensured Chelsea bounced back from their defeat to West Ham with a 2-1 home win against a spirited Aston Villa on Wednesday. 

Chelsea started brightly, and Tammy Abraham marked his return to the side with the opener.  

The ball was worked to Reece James, whose delicate cross was met by an unopposed Abraham to head home.

The home side were dominant, but then moments before the break, Villa countered and equalised. 

Ahmad Elmohamaday whipped in a wicked delivery, which Trezeguet met with a combination of head and foot to bundle the ball home. 

But then, minutes after the interval, Mount’s moment of magic put ​Chelsea back in front. Mount showed great panache to crash a first-time volley past Tom Heaton after Abraham had chested it into his path.

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Willian almost made the points safe with ten minutes to go but his free-kick was expertly tipped onto the post by the Villa goalkeeper. 

The second didn’t come, but Mount’s sublime finish proved enough to clinch all three points for Lampard’s men.


CHELSEA

Key Talking Point

The Cobham production line. In the second half especially, Chelsea’s band of youngsters were positively purring.

Lampard was able to call on Abraham, who was the focal point of every Chelsea attack. He was involved in everything going forward. James was too, and while he has much to learn defensively, he’s a real attacking force – and supplied Abraham for Chelsea’s opener.

And then there was Mount, who while anonymous in the first half began dictating play in the second, and fired Chelsea into the lead with an unstoppable strike.

Lampard’s side may concede too many, but their youthful exuberance makes them one of the most exciting teams in the league.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Kepa (6); James (6), Christensen (5), Zouma (5), Azpilicueta (6); Kante (6), Kovacic (6); Willian (7), Mount (8), Pulisic (7); Abraham (8).

Subs: Batshuayi (6), Hudson Odoi (6), Jorginho (N/A)


Star Player – All the talk before kick-off was whether or not Abraham would be fit to start against the team he fired to promotion from the Championship last season.

The answer was yes, and Villa couldn’t live with him. Abraham got Chelsea’s opener and was a real handful all night. 

He gave Ezri Konsa a torrid time at centre-half, after slipping him for the first goal, and he then outmuscled him for Mount’s spectacular strike.

The 22-year-old came within whiskers of a second on a couple of occasions too. 


ASTON VILLA

Key Talking Point

After leaving Old Trafford with a draw, the question was whether ​Villa could claim more points away to one of the league’s big hitters.

However, having got themselves back in the game with the equaliser on the stroke of half-time, Dean Smith will be disappointed by his team conceding so soon after the break.

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Villa were far from the performance they gave against Manchester United and the goal was a real sucker-punch for the visitors. 

They fought valiantly to keep the score down but they never looked like getting back on level terms once Mount had put Chelsea back in front. 


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Heaton (7); Elmohamady (7), Konsa (5), Mings (5), Targett (6); Nakamba (5), McGinn (6), Trezeguet (6), Hourihane (6), Grealish (6); Wesley (5)

Subs: Douglas Luiz (6), Jota (5)


Star Player –  Elmohamady kept the in-form Christian Pulisic at bay and provided Villa with an attacking outlet, in the rare moments that the Midlands side ventured forward.

No more sO than for the goal, when his sumptuous cross from the right provided the assist for Trezeguet’s equaliser.

The delivery had such verve and whip on it, that the Chelsea defence were unable to deal with it and although the finish was fortunate, the ball was deserving of a goal. 

And, then late in the second half, the Egyptian had a chance to snatch a point but he was unable to keep his shot down.


Looking Ahead

Chelsea travel to Goodison Park in the lunchtime kick-off in the ​Premier League on Saturday to take on Marco Silva’s struggling ​Everton side.

Dean Smith’s men have a Midlands derby on their hands as they welcome high flying ​Leicester City to Villa Park in the league on Sunday.